House Tree Person Drawings (H-T-P)

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This is a projective test developed by John Buck was originally an outgrowth of the Goodenough scale utilized to assess intellectual functioning.  Drawing is an effective tool for the unconscious self expression.  It is also a projection of a person's inner self.  Due to the defensive nature of human being, hence the message that drawings can bring forth is much richer than words.  It can carry a more direct and intense impact.  The house drawing represents one's feeling about family, home and environment.  The tree drawing is the best subconscious self-portrait.  It is a picture of the self.  The person's drawing reveals one's feeling about direct interpersonal and social relationships.  It is the most conscious representation.